Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College
Ghenwa Hayek’s research spans the 19th and 20th centuries in the Arab Middle East, and focuses on the entangled relationships between literary and cultural production, space and place, and identity formation. In her first book, Beirut, Imagining the City: Space and Place in Lebanese Literature, she develops an interdisciplinary engagement grounded in the fields of literary and cultural studies, critical geography and studies of nationalism and identity to trace modes of imagining the city of Beirut in Lebanese fiction from the late 19th century to the present. Her current research explores the transnational spaces of the Lebanese diaspora and the particular problem that emigration poses to the national imaginary and self-fashioning in Lebanon.
Hayek is also a translator, and her translations have appeared in the literary magazine Banipal, the anthology Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World, and in such mainstream publications as The New York Times and The International New York Times.
Hayek received her PhD in comparative literature from Brown University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later served as a member of the faculty at Claremont McKenna College.